Sleep when you have young kids is hard to come by. I struggle to stay awake during the day and struggle to sleep at night. It’s a catch 22!
A great night sleep informs your entire life. Let’s say we’re going to clone you for a moment, and test each version of you over the course of your life. One of your clones has less than stellar sleep hygiene habits, while the other takes efforts to ensure they are well rested. Guess who will live a healthier, longer, and happier life? Well, we don’t need to insult your intelligence with an answer. But we can potentially ask why, with this information, do we not making our sleep hygiene more of a habit?
You might have most of the bases covered. You have a soft blanket, soft pillows, a spouse to cuddle, the best mattress for you and your kids from WeDoBeds, but is that the end of the story? Of course not, as buying a bed does not necessarily mean you’ll use it appropriately. A great night’s sleep (particularly important for your children!) gives you a massive boost over the coming day. We often look at our life as one continual living motion, when it reality it is broken up by thousands and thousands of sleeps. If we’re going to spend so many hours doing it, we might as well do it right. Here’s how to improve this:
Keep Regular Hours
Your circadian rhythm works largely the same to the person standing next to you. They will both work and become optimized to a regular sleeping pattern. For example, heading to bed at 11pm and waking at 7am without fail every morning gives you so much more of an advantage over someone who falls asleep at 10pm, 11pm, 12am, and 1am on variant nights of the week. This is increasingly true for your children, who require structure and routine more than anything – not only from a discipline and habitual perspective, but from developing their health well physiologically.
Lessen The Vices
We all love our carbs, but eating them so close to bedtime can give our digestive systems some strong work to do. This can be difficult when we’re trying to sleep well, as our insulin is spiked for that period and our bodies feel relatively energetic. This is the quickest way to lose your sleeping schedule. It’s important to lessen the vices such as this, including alcohol near bedtime if you can avoid it also. A nightcap can put you to sleep, but in larger amounts it can reduce the quality of sleep and your hydration during the night. Plus, it’s not exactly the most healthy way of falling asleep naturally, as you become dependant on it.
Mind Your Temperatures
Your temperature matters when sleeping. Too stuffy an environment can unfortunately make your breathing less pleasant or achievable, and too cold can keep you up feeling uncomfortable and unhappy. Strike a decent balance of room temperature and good ventilation to help you continually breath fresh air at night.
With these tips, sleeping can give you an absolutely wonderful cognitive and energetic boost for the rest of your life.
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